Is It Because There’s Something in the Water?

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Crime Scene Tape

As you may recall, recently, Philip Chism, a freshman at Danvers High School (Massachusetts), was charged as an adult with first-degree murder of his 24-year old math teacher Colleen Ritzer. I was left positively speechless by this news. But what left me most speechless was the fact that there still (at this writing) no motive mentioned. Not that a motive would make any difference in the case, but it made me wonder why a 14-year old boy – a child – would do such a heinous act the majority of adults wouldn’t commit, then go to a movie and dinner before getting caught.
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The Fall Whines Are Plentiful This Year

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Autumn

It’s that time of the year again. The weather is turning colder in this region, which means things are beginning to change. For those who don’t know, the Philadelphia region of the United States has four distinct seasons throughout the year; though in all honesty, some years they’re less distinctive. And with the onslaught of cooler weather, we’re forced to wear layers of clothes to stay warm, to put away the flip-flops (some stalwarts I know try to hang on to them until it snows; and even then reluctantly put them away) and the shorts, to break out the sweaters, the jackets, and eventually the fur-lined parkas.

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The Government Shutdown, Obamacare, and Tigers, Oh My!

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Government Shutdown 2013

[NOTE: This post was written a few days before it went live, so things may have changed a bit by the time it actually posts. So don’t bite my head off if it’s inaccurate now!]

I’m stymied. Now I know any of you who know me find that very hard to believe, but I’m positively stymied over this government shutdown over Obamacare!

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Puerto Rico: The Isle of Enchantment

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El Morro

I was recently blessed with the chance to visit Puerto Rico – the birthplace of Hubby. After being together for over 10 years, and Hubby not getting to visit with his family very much over those years because of finances, we decided it was well past time that we tighten our belts, bite the financial bullet, and just do it, even if it was just for an extended weekend. We were able to do it by purchasing our flights months ago, and getting them paid off well in advance, and then the hotel bill would come in later. Sort of like buying your vacation in an installment plan. I guess you could say it was part of my own, personal bucket list – to see the beautiful island of Puerto Rico.

There’s a reason why it’s called La Isla del Encanto (the Island of Enchantment).

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Who Works Harder?

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Housewife

There’s been this unspoken war between me and Hubby about who works harder and does the most, both between work and the household. As every other married couple, ever since we’ve been together (it’s over 10 years now), the distribution of “what needs to be done” is well-disbursed between us. Someone takes care of the finances and balances the books, another does the cooking, another takes care of the doglettes, another does the dishes, another does the laundry, etc., etc. We fall into these different roles depending on who excels the best in that role, and that’s just the way it goes. There really is no one time at the beginning of a relationship that the two sit down with paper and pen and outline who is responsible for what job. You just take it up as you see fit (the one who does it best, or has always done the job, does it), and as time rolls on, the camps are outlined and life goes on.
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